CMT at The NAMM Show 2013 – Day 3Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Canadian Music Trade is down in Anaheim, CA checking out all the latest products hitting the MI industry. You’ll see the products in the pages of CMT in the coming months, but while we’re here, have a look at what else we’ve seen around the Anaheim Convention Center.
A morning view from the top balcony of the convention centre. People start streaming in early in the day and it only grows busier through the afternoon.
Since it’s the busiest day of the convention, Saturday is also the day with the most celebrity artist appearance. Here, Alan Parson looked less than pleased to be signing autographs at the Aphex booth. Parson is best known as the leader of ’70s prog rock group The Alan Parsons Project. He also has production credits on The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be LPs, having starte his career as an assitant engineer at Abbey Road Studios in the late ’60s.
Michael Anthony (far left), former bassist for Van Halen and current member of Chickenfoot, was one of many artist at the Yamaha booth for to sign autographs.
A piece of music history, this 1902 Yamaha reed organ is one of the olderst Yamaha instruments in existence. Torakusu Yamaha founded what would become a music empire in 1887 (Yamaha is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year), with the production of his first reed organ. The inspiration for the organ, and consequently the company, began in 1884 when the Hamamatsu school asked Mr. Yamaha to repair their reed organ even though he had no previous experience building or repairing organs.
VocalPro hit the jackpot with this trio of pre-teen rock stars. Crowds flocked to the booth to see TH3 TRiPS. Yes, it’s a bit of a novelty act, but the kids were mighty good.
You have to work pretty hard to stand out in the crowd here. After a couple of days, outrageous dress seems normal, but this guy managed to grab our attention.
Everywhere you look, more people…
and more impressive performances. The Peavey booth was full to capacity as these girls ripped it up.
The Lounge 88 piano area offers a bit of civility amongst the mayhem, but even here gets loud as people test out the products.